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Systemic sclerosis

Christopher P. Denton and Carol M. Black

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.191103

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Systemic sclerosis

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The scleroderma spectrum of disorders includes a number of diseases that have Raynaud’s phenomenon or skin sclerosis in common, comprising (1) limited cutaneous scleroderma; (2) systemic sclerosis (SSc)—the most important form of scleroderma—limited cutaneous SSc, diffuse cutaneous SSc, and overlap syndromes (with features of another autoimmune rheumatic disease, e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus); (3) Raynaud’s phenomenon—autoimmune (with antinuclear or other SSc-associated antibodies) or primary. These conditions affect women four times as often as men, most often beginning in the fifth decade....

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Subjects: Rheumatology

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